I have wanted to make red velvet cupcakes for so long but have just never got around to it but when I saw this Nigella Lawson recipe I knew I HAD to make them! I love watching Nigella cook, she is so decadent and fun and her food always looks AMAZING so this was one recipe I wasn’t going to let go. And let me say I am so glad I did as they were SO easy to make. So even if you aren’t a seasoned chef this is totally manageable!! Here goes:
Recipe said it makes 24 however I got 17 out of it but I wanted mine to be nice and high so you could spread the mixture further. Preheat fan forced oven to 170 degrees.
250g plain flour
2 x 15ml tablespoons cocoa
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicard
100g soft unsalted butter
200g castor sugar
1 x heaped 15ml tablespoon red food colouring paste (i just used the liquid)
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cider vinegar or other vinegar
Ingredients Buttery Cream Frosting:
500g icing sugar
125g cream cheese
125g soft unsalted butter
1 teaspoon cider vinegar or lemon juice
Line muffin tin with cupcake cases
Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, bicarb and sift into bowl
In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar until well combined. When you have a soft pale mixture beat in the food colouring and vanilla
Into the “red” mixture keep beating while adding 1 spoonful of dry ingredients, 1 egg followed by more dry ingredients, then add another egg and then the rest of the dry mixture.
Finally beat in the buttermilk and vinegar. One combined spoon into cases.
Bake for 20 minutes by which time the batter will have morphed into a more sombre but still tinted sponge-more maroon but still red velvet.
Leave to cool completely before icing.
Put icing sugar into a processor and whizz to remove lumps
Add cream cheese and butter and process
Pour in vinegar and process until smooth
You can now ice the cupcakes once they are cool.
I finished mine off with some little edible pearl ball decorations, but shaved chocolate or something else would also look great.
And the BEST bit of all…. ENJOY these scrumptious velvety red treats!!
Have you made red velvet cupcakes before?
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